Draft to be approved 03/02/13

    Metropolitan State University of Denver

 Faculty Senate

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

3:20pm – 4:50pm

Tivoli 320 A, B & C

 

MINUTES

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Attendees:   Anastasia, Badwan, Bagwell, Balogh, Bernhardt, Bisio, Carnes, Collette, Cook, Corash, Davinroy, Davis, DelCastillo, Denn, Doe, Dormer, Duburguet, Dyhr, Ethier, Evans, Flemon, Forgash, Ghosh, Gibson,  Giordano, Grady-Willis, Gurka, Haga, Hagen, Hallam, Hasley, Hathorn, Hernandez-Julian, Holloway, Huang, Hutto, Izurieta, Jackson, Jacobs, Jayasanker, Jiang, Johnson, KingG, KingC, Kleinfeld, Klimek, Komodore, Krasner, Krugman, Lamb, Liu, London, Matthews, Monico, Mowder, Murphy, Odell, Pantos, Pleis, Pytlinski, Reid, Reimer, Rogers, Ropp, Rucki, Sahami, Sauer, Schatz, Sgoutas, Sidelko, Simpson, Stephens, Svonkin, Tollefson, Wagner, Wanberg, Weber, Worster, Yeh, Zajdowicz, Zhu  Guests:  Ayesse, Golich

 

 

I.                    Call to Order 

 

 President Sahami announced that he had been approached by Senator Flemon, Diversity Committee Chair, who reported that members slated to present information on the faculty survey may have schedule conflicts and President Sahami was requesting that they be moved up earlier on the Senate agenda.

 

II.                 Approval of Previous Meetings Minutes (at Senate Website), VOTE.

 

 A vote was called to approve the minutes of 02/06/13. 

             The minutes were approved with a vote of 46 to1.

 

III.              Announcements/Updates

-           The 2013 Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Awards nominations are due on February 21st. There have been a few issues with the distribution of this information using Lyris. Please inform department faculty about this opportunity and that only the nomination form is due tomorrow. The application packets are due March 13th.

-           The Faculty Senate Climate Survey, being administered by the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee, should be in paper form and in mailboxes by the end of the month. Please let faculty know to be on the look out for it.

-           The Faculty Senate leadership is working with the Student Senate and the SGA leadership on a joint budget resolution. Meetings have been held to discuss developing more transparency on actual expenditures and to address concerns about recent changes to Summer.

-           Some Lyris list issues have not been resolved in trying to distribute the Teaching Excellence Awards information; many alternate lists have being formed by faculty using non-MSU-Denver emails. The Senate has been asked by faculty members to take a lead role in forming an external alternate list so faculty can communicate with each other. President Sahami expressed plans to charge this topic to one of the Senate committees.

-           The Tenure Rights Taskforce is waiting on the legal counsels to release the newest draft of the Handbook chapter. The legal counsel is having the language reviewed by an expert and the draft will be distributed when ready.

-           The Campus-wide Wellness Committee needs one more Faculty Senate member to serve. This position would be a great opportunity for institution-wide service. If interested, please email President Sahami or Nicole Tefft.

                                                   

IV.              Committee Report:  - FS Curriculum Committee (Documents Attached as: FSCCReportFebruary202013.pdf)   

 

Report to Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee

February 20, 2013

 

Unless otherwise noted, packets are approved unanimously.

 

-LAS

1112121

-MTH

New course on Computing.

-LAS

12135

-EAS

Revisions to the Water Quality concentration.

-LAS

121313

-MTH

Revisions to CS major with course modifications and new course.

-LAS

121316

-EAS

GS designation for Integrated Earth Systems.

-LAS

121325

-THE

Changes to the Theater program, course modifications, and new courses.

Making the two concentrations in the major more parallel.

-LAS

121327

-THE

GS and MC for Introduction to Black Thater I.

-LAS

121331

-CAS

Language Disorders separated into two courses focusing on Child and Adult.

-LAS

121338

-EAS

GS proposal for Geography of Colorado.

-LAS

121340

-AAS

Change in name of department, new courses, course modifications, and program modifications.

Department name is now Africana Studies.

-LAS

121341

-MDL

New Field Experience Course.

-LAS

121344

-MDL

Program modifications, new courses, course modifications, and course archivings.

-SCOB

12137

-ACC

Small changes in Accounting Major requirements.

-SPS

121311

-SED

Separate Elementary and Secondary Student Teaching courses merged into one.

-SPS

121315

-HTE

New courses, course modifications, and program modifications.

General Studies Designations:

-AAS

3610: Caribbean History and Culture

HIS and GD designations.

-THE

3214: Introduction to Black Theater I

AH designation.

-SCI

2620: Integrated Earth Systems

NPS designation.

-GEG

2020: Geography of Colorado

-SBS I designation.

Multicultural Designation:

-THE

3214: Introduction to Black Theater I

 

 Senator Hernandez gave an overview of the report and announced that the next report will be the last one if a curriculum item will be included on next year’s courses. If departments need an item to get in and would like to find out if it will make it in time, please contact Senator Hernandez to discuss. If there are any questions on the curriculum process or the belief that submissions were not handled properly, please inform Senator Hernandez.

 

 A discussion was called for questions or comments. There were none.

 

Curriculum approved unanimously by the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee is automatically approved by the Senate unless there is a question posed by a Senator on the Senate floor.

 

 President Sahami accepted the report on behalf of the Senate.

 

 President Sahami announced a change of order on the agenda due to a time constraint. Agenda Item X will become Item V and subsequent items will be renumbered accordingly.

 

V.              PRESENTATION and DISCUSSION: Faculty Climate Survey - FS Diversity Committee with GUEST:  Dr. G. Nelson (Document Attached as: Climate_Survey_[1].pdf)

 

 Senate Flemon, Chemistry, Diversity Committee Chair, introduced the presentation and asked that senators announce the 2013 paper format survey to fellow faculty members.

 

 Senator Mowder, Criminal Justice & Criminology, is new to the Faculty Senate and new to MSU-Denver. She encouraged new faculty to be a part of this climate survey so that they will have a voice and the potential to see the changes that this survey brings about. Senator Mowder asked department senators to search out new faculty who may not understand the importance of the paper survey in their mailbox and encourage them to participate.

 

 Senator Medina, MDL, went over the survey and pointed out the changes that include the institution’s name change, the word ‘dossier’ had been renamed ‘portfolio’, and the questions have been renumbered. An asterisk (*) identifies a new item.

 

 Dr. Gesemia Nelson, Sociology, (Developer of the 2010 and 2013 Faculty Senate Climate surveys) answered questions from the floor on the survey. She explained that the initial survey was designed to be a longitudinal study so that ongoing data can be compared and that is why the 2013 study is similar to the one taken in 2010.

 

 A question came from the floor from an unnamed senator who did not participate in the last study who asked what happens after the surveys are completed and returned.

 Another question came from the floor from an unnamed senator asked whether anything had changed based on the results of the last study.

  

 President Sahami offered to answer this question. He explained that a series of recommendations were made to the administration. The Senate had a Senate issues prioritization exercise and much of the exercise topics came from the survey results. Two key areas that were charged to Senate committees were looking at tenure rights—the number one issue identified in the survey—and the Senate asked the administration to look at a comprehensive review of the retention, tenure and promotion process.

 

 Senator Flemon explained that the 2010 survey data was baseline data. Prior to 2010, the Faculty Senate had not conducted a survey and the first set of data was baseline data. The 2013 data will validate the baseline data. Multiple studies are needed to validate former data.

 

 President Sahami thanked Senator Flemon for the reminder that at the survey’s initiation, the Senate agreed to revisit and trend it longitudinally three years.

 

 Dr. Nelson provided the information surrounding the reasons for a paper survey and the number of contacts that will be sent out to generate a good response.

 

 Senator Flemon asked Dr. Nelson when the survey was coming out.

 

 A question came from the floor from an unnamed senator and   Dr. Nelson repeated the question for the record about space being provided on the survey for free responses.

 

 The discussion was closed.

 

 Senator Flemon asked Senators to please encourage fellow faculty members to participate in the 2013 Faculty Senate Climate Survey.

 

VI.              AT-LARGE ELECTION: Open at large seat on FS Budget Committee - FS Elections Committee

 

 Senator Ropp, Psychology, Elections Chair, announced the process for the two At-Large seat elections.

 

 The Budget Committee At-Large Election opened.

 

 Senator Lamb, HTE, Budget Committee Chair, gave a brief overview of the committee’s responsibilities.

 

 Senator Ropp announced that Senator Lin Huang had been nominated for the Budget Committee and made a Call for nominations from the floor.

 

 Senator Sidelko, History, nominated Justin Stephens.

 Senator Stephens, History, accepted the nomination and spoke briefly about his background and why he would like to be elected to the committee.

 

 Senator Huang, Engineering Tech, spoke briefly about her background and why she would like to be elected to the committee.

 

 The vote for the Budget Committee At-Large seat is called.

Vote A for Lin Huang

And B for Justin Stephens

 Justin Stephens was elected to the Budget At-Large seat.

 

 Senator Ropp, Psychology, Elections Committee Chair, gave a brief overview of the committee’s responsibilities.

 

 Senator Ropp announced that Senator Svonkin had been nominated and made a Call for nominations from the floor.

 

 Senator Balogh, Engineering Tech, LAS Caucus Chair, nominated Lin Huang and had received her permission to enter her name.

 

 Senator Svonkin, English, spoke briefly about why he would like to be elected.

 

 Senator Huang, spoke briefly about why she would like to be elected.

 

 The vote for the Elections Committee At Large seat is called.

Vote A for Craig Svonkin and

Vote B for Lin Huang

 Lin Huang was elected to the Elections Committee At Large seat. 

     

 Voting closed.

 

VII.           FIRST READING of MOTION TO CHANGE BY-LAWS (revised) and DISCUSSION: Changes to Multi-Cultural Curriculum Review (MCRC) Committee section in By-Laws - MCCR Committee (Document Attached as: Change of Committee to include Service Learning Designation V2.doc)

 

 Senator Carnes, Management, Multi-Cultural Curriculum Review Chair, gave a first reading of a revision as a result of the feedback from last meeting. The committee decided to change the internal responsibilities of the committee to include service learning designations but not the committee name. (Changes were highlighted in yellow.)

 

Old Language

 

Section 21 Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee

 

21.1 Duties. The duties of the Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee (MCRC) shall include, but not be limited, to the following:

 

21.1.1 Evaluate each new or existing course proposed to receive Multicultural designation. Evaluate modifications to an existing course with Multicultural designation if forwarded to the MCRC by the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee (FSCC). The evaluation will be based on the proposed syllabus and the multicultural designation for for the course using the multicultural course criteria described in the College’s Curriculum Guidelines, Policies and Procedures. The MCRC may recommend changes to the syllabus and/or the multicultural designation form and/or request additional documentation before making a final recommendation of approval or disapproval of the requested Multicultural designation to the FSCC.

 

21.1.2 Review any proposed changes to the criteria for conferring the Multicultural designation and forward its recommendation of such changes to the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee.

 

21.1.3 Share expertise and consult when requested by department chairs, the Office of Transfer Services, or other appropriate offices or committees on issues pertaining to the multicultural designation at Metro State. (Amended 02/01/12)

 

21.2 Membership

The Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee shall consist of five (5) senators, two (2) from the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, one (1) senator from the School of Professional Studies, one (1) senator from the School of Business, one (1) At-Large member elected from the Faculty Senate. With an additional one (1) ex-officio member without vote, appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

 

 

 

New Language (Proposed)

 

Section 21 Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee

 

21.1 Duties. The duties of the Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee (MCRC) shall include, but not be limited, to the following:

 

21.1.1 Evaluate each new or existing course proposed to receive special academic designation, such as Multicultural designation or Service Learning designation. Evaluate modifications to an existing course with Multicultural designation or Service Learning if forwarded to the MCRC by the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee (FSCC). The evaluation will be based on the proposed syllabus and the Academic Designation form for the course using the multicultural or service learning course criteria described in the University’s Curriculum Guidelines, Policies and Procedures. The MCRC may recommend changes to the syllabus and/or the designation form and/or request additional documentation before making a final recommendation of approval or disapproval of the requested Multicultural designation or Service Learning designation to the FSCC.

 

21.1.2 Review any proposed changes to the criteria for conferring the Multicultural designation and the Service Learning designation, and forward its recommendation of such changes to the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee.

 

21.1.3 Share expertise and consult when requested by department chairs, the Office of Transfer Services, or other appropriate offices or committees on issues pertaining to the Multicultural designation and the Service Learning designation at Metro State.

 

21.2 Membership

The Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee shall consist of five (5) senators, two (2) from the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, one (1) senator from the School of Professional Studies, one (1) senator from the School of Business, one (1) At-Large member elected from the Faculty Senate, with an additional one (1) ex-officio member without vote, appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

 

 Senator Carnes asked for questions or comments.

 President Sahami closed the discussion and reminded the Senate that a second reading and vote will be slated for the next Senate agenda and will require a 2/3rds majority.

 

VIII.        PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION and VOTE: Federal Credit Hour Regulations and Syllabus Forms - FS Curriculum Committee. Documents Attached as: 1.27.13_Credit_Hour_Revisions_in_Purple_Book.docx, Independent study syllabus form draft 1.27.13.docx and Regular_Course_Syllabus_Form 1.28.13 draft with instructions.docx) Policy.docx)

 

 Senator Hernandez gave a quick overview of the three items being proposed: Credit Hour Revisions in Purple Book; Independent study Syllabus Form Draft, and Regular Course Syllabus Form Draft.

 

 President Sahami confirmed that the committee was requesting three separate votes. 

 

 President Sahami asked for questions or comments on the first vote.

 

 Definitions

 

              A vote was called for the first item: Definitions.

                        A = Approve

                        B = Oppose

 

 With a vote of 62 to 4 the motion passed.

 

   Regular Course Syllabus Form Draft

 

 A vote was called for the second item: Regular Course Syllabus Form Draft.

            A = Approve

            B = Oppose

 

 With a vote of 53 to 12 the motion passed.

 

 Independent Study Syllabus Form Draft

 

 Vote called for the third item: Independent Study Syllabus Form Draft.

            A = Approve

            B = Oppose

 

 With a vote of 58 to10 the motion passed.

 

 Senator Hernandez asked when the new forms could be circulated for use by departments. 

    

IX.              PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION and VOTE: Summer Budget and Scheduling - FS Welfare Committee (Document Attached as: Summer proposals.docx)

 

 Senator Matthews, Music, Welfare Committee Chair, thanked his colleagues on the committee for their work. He re-introduced the topic of the summer changes from the Provost. He reported that the committee supported the stated goals of forward graduation and retention rates and to offer as many faculty as possible the opportunity to teach during the summer term.

 

Suggestions of changes to the proposal included:

 

 -Summer classes minimum enrollment should return to the operating principal of 2012 levels with 13 students but the school must average 25 students across their offerings.

 

 -Faculty remuneration should be at parity: 1/24th of annual base salary per credit hour. Senator Matthews then spoke about the cap of all faculty should be at six credit hours for the summer term.

 

 President Sahami asked for questions or comments on the proposal.

 

 Senator Schatz, Psychology, asked how it would work if Departments have classes remaining after all faculty who want to teach have signed up.

 

 Senator Schatz asked to make a friendly amendment that language be added “that faculty not be forbidden from teaching over the six hour cap after everyone has been assigned their six hours”.

 

 President Sahami asked if the language of the proposal discussed at the Executive Committee meeting addressed faculty who taught four unit courses and the proration to address it.

 

 Senator Schatz asked if there is, or has ever been, any rules on how preferences for teaching courses are doled out.

 

 Senator Schatz made a friendly amendment to add language allowing faculty to teach above the six credit hour cap after all faculty have gotten their six credits.

 

 Senator Davis, Math & Computer Science, asked about the six credit hour cap when most Math courses were four credit hours.

 

 President Sahami clarified the question that Senator Schatz’s motion involved faculty teaching over the six credit hour cap if additional classes remained and Senator Davis was asking about the restriction of faculty who would be limited to teaching only one four unit course.

 

 Senator Brandon expressed the need to consult with the Faculty Welfare committee if the Senate was asking to set aside the six credit hour cap.

 

 President Sahami asked for clarification and whether Senator Schatz’s friendly amendment was accepted and a vote was pending.

 

 Senator Brandon required time to consult with the committee so that he was not making a decision for the committee.

 

 Senator Worster, Music, believed that the placement of Provost Golich on the agenda was not logical when she could answer questions about how the proposal was developed and the rationale behind it.

 

 Senator Worster moved to Suspend the Rules to allow the Provost to respond to his two questions.

 

             President Sahami asked for a discussion of the motion.

 

             A Vote was called to suspend the session.

                        A = Yes

                        B = No

             With a vote of 47:24 the session was suspended.

 

 Provost Golich gave an overview of how administration has approached summer management, the research that was conducted at other higher education institutions, and the current proposal that reflects the data they collected.

   

 President Sahami asked for questions.

 

 Senator Brandon asked for confirmation that he had just heard the Provost state that each class having 20 students was not the sticking point but the school average of 25 was.

 

 President Sahami asked how the 20 and 25 average was arrived at and he mentioned that not long ago the average was 9 and 13 and the summer program thrived.

 

 Senator Dempere, Finance Department Chair, spoke about a student who expected to enroll in a summer capstone program in order to complete her degree and accept a job offer in Boston. He believes that students should be given a year’s advance notice of change. Of the eleven sections Finance offered last summer, only three had 20 or more enrollments so this summer Finance will offer only the three classes. The strongest criticism he can make is that the new plan lacks the time to notify students so they can plan in advance and eliminate or minimize the impact they would suffer.

 

 President Sahami asked about forecasting of the actual data and if the Provost would share that with the Senate.

 

 Senator Hernandez, Economics, commented about marginal cost vs. marginal revenue and the application of these principals to summer and asked where were the large costs associated with providing additional courses.

 

 Senator Svonkin, English, believes that the proposal being considered offers a false model and that the ethical way to economize is to cut the salaries of the highest paid people at the university.

 

 President Sahami referred to data that had been reviewed when he served on the Welfare Committee and the proposal that was developed about three years ago that determined that seven students were required for an LAS class to run and about nine students for the ScoB. The committee presented the Nash Equilibrium Model to Provost Golich to outline a proposal that would maximize faculty resources. He asked if any of those models were used in developing the current class size proposal.

 

 Senator Worster, Music, thanked the Provost for answering his questions. He addressed the fact that this is a very complicated issue and he wanted to return to his department to discuss it further before voting.

 

             Senator Worster made a motion to table the discussion for two weeks.

            The motion was seconded.

 

 President Sahami asked the Welfare Committee chair for a response to the motion.

 

 President Sahami pointed out that the Senate rules were still in suspension and Senator Worster’s motion could not be accepted until the Senate was in session.

 

 Senator Hagen, History, asked Senator Dempere about timing specifics for when the Finance summer schedule was due. Finance’s timeframe for submitting their schedule was three weeks away so waiting two weeks to finalize a vote would leave only have one week to make changes.

 

 Jesse Asseye spoke as a student and his reliance on summer classes to stay on track to finish his degree. He encouraged the Senate to carefully consider the impact on students and their academic progress. He was experiencing frustration while listening to the current discussion of costs when his tuition has gone up 60% since he enrolled.

 

 Senator Izurieta, MDL, commented about colleagues he had spoken to that had taken a pay cut to work at Metro and were expecting to teach summer to compensate their salary. He asked that this change be postponed for one year so that this issue can be thoroughly explored.

 

 Senator Dempere reiterated comments made by Jesse Asseye and that students are talking among themselves and signing up for classes and dropping later. Class sections of 20 would go down to two. It is unfortunate that this is the only alternative left to Metro students.

 

 Ariane Romaine, student and Parlimentarian for the Student Assembly, had been in contact with President Sahami about writing a joint resolution to postpone the implementation of this new policy. She stopped by to say that students are in support of postponing this change.   

 

             President Sahami Called the Senate back into session.

 

 President Sahami requested from Provost Golich that she share the financial model that shows that 20 and 25 class and school class size and the analysis of predicting the number of courses that would go.

  

 Senator Worster, Music, recounted his experiences with teaching summer.

 

             Senator Worster made a motion to table the discussion.

 

             President Sahami asked for discussion.

 

                         A Vote was called to table the discussion until the next meeting.

                                    A=yes

                                    B=no

              With a vote of 34 to 20 the discussion is tabled.

          

X.                 Adjournment

 The Senate was Adjourned.

 

This item will be moved to the next agenda:

XI.                RESPONSE TO MOTION, DISCUSSION and Q & A with the PROVOST: Response to Senate SRI Motion and Discussion of Summer Policy - Provost V. Golich –   

           

   

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